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Ryerson became the first Canadian university to be named an Ashoka Changemaker U today. The designation recognizes 24 institutions globally as leaders in social innovation.
To earn the designation, Ryerson paid a fee and completed an application process that involved individual interviews and travel to Arlington, Va. Thirty students worked on the application committee alongside faculty and staff.
Wendy Cukier, Ryerson’s president of research and innovation, says Ryerson was recognized because innovation and experiential learning are embedded across the university.
Ashoka began in 1980 as a fellowship program to fund social entrepreneurs, like Wikipedia inventor Jimmy Wales. Cukier says the designation is very well known internationally.
Ryerson will not receive money from Ashoka, but the prestige may help more students earn funding for studies in the social sciences.
This story was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on September 18, 2013.